Five Must Know AB Exercises
quot;Five Must Know AB Exercisesquot; by Louis Moore, M.S.
Attaining a trim and toned midsection is bar far the number #1 fitness goal for most
people. There is something just to attractive about a small waist that appeals to the
masses. The good news is that, no matter what you have been told, YOU CAN HAVE
THE ABS OF YOUR DREAMS!
Before we just jump right out into the 5 recommended ab exercises, we need to get
a few things out on the table. Listen up here, because the next few pages are going
to make or break your tummy tightening dreams.
While ab exercises are great for strengthening and toning your abdominal muscles,
soley doing these exercises will not make your abs flat. In fact, getting that perfect
midsection is a process that takes a little more time than just sweating in the gym. It
takes hard work, and a game plan.
The only way to wash board abs is to first lose the body fat that is currently residing
in that area. And, the way to lose body fat is to:
• Participate in regular cardiovascular exercise.
• Maintain a full body strength training routine.
• Eat a nutritious, calorie specific, healthy diet.
Did you get all of that? It may seem overwhelming at first, but the key here is to
change your lifestyle to one that promotes weight loss instead of fat storage.
So you know you need a weight loss promoting lifestyle in order to melt away the
pounds, but how about those 5 recommended ab exercises?
The key that makes these 5 ab exercises golden, is that when done together, they
use all of the muscles in the abdominal region. Often times people will only do
crunches, and while these are great, they are neglecting to strengthen the other
75% of their midsection.
There are 4 basic types of abdominal exercises:
• Ones that focus on your upper abs.
• Ones that focus on your lower abs.
• Ones that focus on your obliques (sides).
• Ones that focus on your entire core.
It is very important that you do at least one of each type of abdominal exercise
every time that you do a strength workout. This will give you the “six-pack” look you
are looking for.
Now on to the good stuff …
Exercise #1: The Crunch
The basic crunch should be a staple in your arsenal of abdominal exercises. This
basis movement concentrates on your upper abs.
Starting Position: Lie on your back on the matt with your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor. Support your head by placing your hands behind it, and keep your eyes
turned up towards the ceiling for the entire movement. Movement: Exhale as you
raise your body up a few inches off of the matt by contracting your abs. Be sure to
keep your back straight and avoid pulling yourself up with your hands. Hold yourself
up in this contracted position for a moment before slowly lowering yourself back
down to the starting position.
Exercise #2: The Oblique
The Oblique Crunch does exactly what it’s name proclaims – works our obliques.
Make sure to do an even amount of crunches on each side for a symmetrical look.
Starting Position: Lie on an exercise matt with your knees bent and your hands
behind your head. Lift your left leg so that your knee is at a 90 degree angle, and
the lower part of your leg is parallel with the floor.
Movement: Exhale as you bring in your right elbow in towards your left knee, while
squeezing your abs. Inhale as you slowly extend your leg back out to the starting
Exercise #3: The Stability Ball Crunch
Stability Ball Crunches are good for your entire core. All of your abs are used in the
stabilization process as you crunch.
Starting Position: Lie with your upper back on a stability ball and your feet flat on the
ground in front of you. Support your head by placing your hands behind it, and keep
your eyes turned up towards the ceiling throughout the entire movement.
Movement: Exhale as you raise your upper body up a few inches off of the ball by
contracting your abs. Be sure to keep your back straight and avoid pulling yourself
up with your hands. Hold yourself in this contracted position for a moment before
slowly lowering yourself back down to the starting position.
Exercise #4: The Toe Touch
This is another great exercise for your upper abs, however, you can easily make this
exercise more challenging by lowering your legs with each repetition. This will recruit
the use of your lower abs as well as your upper abs and will make for a more
Starting Position: Lie on an exercise matt flat on your back with your legs up in the
air and your arms outstretched above your head.
Movement: Exhale as your raise your arms up and reach your toes. Hold yourself in
this contracted position for a moment, and then inhale as you slowly lower your arms
back down until they almost touch the matt. Repeat your required repetitions before
allowing your legs to touch back down on to the matt.
Exercise #5: The Hanging Leg Raise
While this exercise is very challenging and not recommended for beginners, it is very
effective. It focuses on your lower abs, tightening that stubborn area.
Starting Position: Position yourself in the roman chair by gripping the handles and
placing your elbows against the pads, or grip overhead handles and allow yourself to
Movement: Exhale as you raise your knees up towards your chest. Remember to
keep your back flat against the back pad, or if hanging, try to keep yourself from
swinging. Hold yourself in this contracted position for a moment, and then inhale as
you slowly return your legs back down to the starting position.
So there they are … the top 5 exercises that will take the waste off of your waist. Is
it really that simple? Yes it is, if you follow a structured game plan.
This is just one strategy to build a better body. Remember, there are 8 other muscle
parts besides your abs in your body that you must have a plan of action. These
include your biceps, triceps, chest, back, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and
shoulders. My e-book quot;Build A Better Body” provides you with a comprehensive
program to not only develop your abs, but your entire body in just a few months.
Louis Moore, M.S.